East Midlands Ambulance Service expands regional training hubs with modular facilities
East Midlands Ambulance Service has opened new regional training hubs by opting for modular buildings provided by Portakabin.
Previously the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) had one regional training centre in Nottingham where new recruits from across the county were trained.
After receiving funding to take on more new recruits, EMAS selected modular construction specialist Portakabin to build additional training facilities.
As EMAS pledges to improve quality of care and ambulance response times, the service received a 12 per cent funding boost to take on 300 new recruits, most of whom will be on the frontline.
The sudden increase in new staff meant that the EMAS team required immediate expansion to its training facilities.
By using offsite building methods, Portakabin constructed and fit out new training facilities on ambulance station sites in Northampton and Lincoln in just two weeks.
Each single-storey building includes two training rooms, a canteen and an office plus welfare facilities.
The building provides teaching space for more than 20 trainees at any time.
Mark Fox, Regional Hire Manager at Portakabin said: "We were able to install each building in just one day which minimised disruption to the site dramatically.
"This meant that the paramedic teams could continue providing their life-saving care without being interrupted and training for new recruits could commence as quickly as possible.
"Creating multiple training facilities on the ambulance station sites means that trainers and new recruits will have access to facilities right on their doorstep."
EMAS transformation lead Neil White said: "This partnership, creating local education estate in such a short time frame, is a positive step forward to provide more development opportunities for our staff and strengthen and improve patient care."
The Northampton and Lincoln facilities are due to be in place for two years with plans to create more facilities during that time.